Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Achilles Tendonitis

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Do you experience pain at the back of the ankle, just above the heel bone?

Does the pain limit you from performing daily activities such as climbing stairs or walking?

 

                        If so, you may be experiencing Achilles Tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is a fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg: the calf muscles.

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Achilles Tendonitis

is a condition of irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon and is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes. Overuse of the Achilles tendon can cause inflammation that can lead to pain and swelling.

 

 

Symptoms:

Symptoms usually present as pain in the Achilles tendon above the heel. In the acute stage you may experience pain that increases with activity and stretches. In the chronic stage, pain may occur in the morning and/or at the beginning of an activity until the leg muscles are warmed up and then the pain fades as activity/exercises progress. Morning stiffness and soreness may be present. As the condition continues to become degenerative, swelling may occur and you may feel a lump along the tendon.

 

 

Common Causes: Achilles Tendonitis may develop after stress on the tendon as seen with hill or stair running. An excessive stretch such as a strain on the muscle/tendon, inadequate warm up and overuse (running) may also cause muscle fatigue and stress on the tendon. Faulty foot mechanics such as over pronation (rolling in) of the foot and under pronation can also cause stress to the tendon. Other complications may develop such as: traction spurs and rupture of the tendon in chronic/degenerated cases.

 

Treatment: Chiropractic Treatment, Acupuncture and Prescription Stretches/Exercises.

 

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors can diagnose and treat Achilles Tendonitis and other leg/heel related conditions. Various treatment options (ie: joint care, acupuncture, electrotherapy, stretches, exercises) may be used to help to decrease pain and restore movement. Achilles Tendonitis is very amendable with conservative treatment. Chiropractic Care can help you get back to your daily activities with less pain and improved range of motion. Don’t let your heel pain stop you from engaging in your daily activities.

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